Australia is home to a unique spectrum of mammalian species. Our animals are our national heritage. Our Coat of Arms is held up by two of them – significantly, both are animals that cannot walk backwards! Internationally we are renowned for our iconic mammals, in particular the kangaroo, koala and platypus. Yet sadly, research on our native species is not a national priority.
Marilyn Renfree has spent most of her research life uncovering the secrets of marsupial reproduction and development, comparing them to eutherian mammals, and discovered the many novel ways that make marsupials ideal biomedical models but also how to enhance their management and conservation. What would Australia be without our monotremes and marsupials? This conference is to acknowledge the contribution of Marilyn Renfree to Australian science in the fields of reproduction and development in the year of her 70th birthday.
This conference will cover a diverse set of topics in the field of reproduction and development, divided into five main themes over two and a half days. These themes are: Contraception and Conservation; Development and Diapause; Sex and Reproduction, Genomic Imprinting and Marsupial and Monotreme Genomics.
Proceedings of the conference will be published in a special issue of the international journal Reproduction, Fertility and Development.
We are seeking sponsors and hope to be able to offer some support for registration or travel. We acknowledge and thank our current sponsors for their support.